Gardener’s Hand Scrub Recipe (easy!)

As a gardener, I am frequently out there in the dirt (with or without my garden gloves) and have found that good soil can really embed itself in skin and fingernails.

Dirty hands

“Dirty hands” © Håkan Dahlström used under a Creative Commons Attribution license

I used to use a great hand scrub by Mary Kay… but since I’ve started living crunchier, I thought I would see what I could make from home. I found a good recipe at One Good Thing by Jillee but instead of using the pink Dawn dish soap as she recommends, I used lavender (seemed like a good idea at the time). But the color of the pale purple with the sugar made the scrub a sort of grey color, bleh! And for whatever reason, I didn’t like the way my hands felt afterward.

So I tried again…. this time I used peppermint castile soap, sugar and a little bit of safflower oil (the castile and sugar alone felt very drying.) I used 1/2 cup of sugar, 3 Tbs of Peppermint Castile Soap and 2 Tbs safflower oil.

This stuff works great, smells fresh and costs very little to make. Next time I think I’m going to make it with lavender castile soap or maybe the unscented and add some essential oils for scent.

Another great use of Castile Soap for Handwashing, it is to use a foaming soap dispenser and combination of 1 part soap to 3 parts water. You can also heavily dilute regular liquid hand soap when using a foaming dispenser.